EDIT: Team size: 18-20ish, 3 elected leadership, 6 component heads incl. electronics and software (w/ some overlap with the leadership team)
we elect a captain (typically rising junior or senior), vice captain (typically rising sophomore or rising junior, can not be a rising senior), and head of business (formerly treasurer, open to rising sophomores and above) at the end of every season around late April/early may.
Subteam leads (we call them component heads for some reason) are appointed right after kickoff by the leadership team, but we’re considering making them earlier so they have time to prepare.
Anyone that’s not a subteam lead is either machining, software, or business. We only have 1 software and business lead, but multiple component heads for robot design, so all the machinists kind of work under all the component heads, and any component head can call on any machinist to work if they’re available.
Drive team is decided at competition for stuff like technician, but safety, driver, operator, and coach are decided a bit beforehand. typically we have tryouts for that
On to responsibilities:
Captain -keep the whole team functioning and on track, work closely with mentors and component heads to make sure everything is getting done administratively and on the robot. keep team morale good and moderate a good atmosphere. also write emails to team members
Vice Captain - learn from the captain. help resolve component head disputes. work with the captain to alleviate load from them when it gets busy.
Head of Business - this role is in a time of change as it goes from just treasurer to business. The scope has widened to be larger in build season than it was previously, as it used to be just get sponsorships in the fall and manage the bill of materials and the money supply during build. Now, the head of business does all that and will most likely manage merch ordering and possibly some website stuff. We also technically have an art/branding person who does the design for our buttons and shirts n stuff but they’re not really under a team.
Component heads - This role is the only appointed role on the team. As component head, you design the component (with help from other component heads probably) and delegate work to machinists. In prototype, you work with some people (who you work with is decided by leadership to make it so its not just a bunch of friends working together and then everyone else. its an even distribution) and make a lot of prototype components, before voting on a final design. once that’s done, you delegate to machinists and tell the software team so they can work on programming it. For electronics, you skip the prototype phase and just start working with the other component heads on where to put the electronics components and battery. Once that is done, you work with treasurer to source components and assemble and wire. Electronics and drivetrain are probably the most stressful over competition. For software, you also skip the prototype phase and work straight on the competition bot. typically we have spare chassis to work with so you can practice programming and work closely with the drive team to test things. also working with component heads to place limelight and other sensors.
lmk if you need any more explanation, I don’t want this to be any longer than it is already LMAO
EDIT: I FORGOT
we might be adding a machining head this year to better delegate and keep track of machining, and a CAM head to handle our CAM and CNC needs